Hyundai Motor America Posts All-Time Full Year Sales Record

         Hyundai Motor America Posts All-Time Full Year Sales Record

- Best December ever

- Sonata and Elantra both finish in the Top 10 in car retail sales

- Sonata and Elantra both top 200K in sales

- Sonata, Elantra, Veloster, Genesis, Equus have best-ever sales years

PR Newswire

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai ^ Motor America today
announced record sales of 59,435 vehicles in December, a 17 percent total
sales increase and three percent retail sales increase compared with the same
record-setting period a year ago.


For the year, Hyundai sales were up nine percent versus 2011 in both retail
and total sales. Sales to fleet accounts represented just 10 percent of total
sales for 2012, among the lowest in the industry.

"The holiday selling season, in conjunction with improved consumer confidence,
made for a successful December," said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president
of sales. "Our momentum over the last several months, paired with improved
inventory levels and the launch of seven new or refreshed products in 2012,
positions us for continued growth in the new year, especially with the
seven-passenger version of the new Santa Fe set to launch in the next few

The Alabama-built Sonata and Elantra, two of the top-10 retail-selling cars in
2012, once again set full-year records with sales of 230,605 units, up two
percent and 202,034 units, up eight percent, respectively. Sonata Hybrid sales
were up 74 percent for the year. Veloster finished the year up 276 percent
with a strong showing of 34,862 sales, best ever, and the recently refreshed
Accent saw sales gains of 10 percent. The all-new Azera continues to sell at a
quick pace and saw sales gains of 453 percent for the year.

With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner,
Hyundai is making plans to reveal the new design direction for its premium
rear-wheel drive lineup. In 2012, Hyundai's premium Genesis and Equus models
continued to surprise and delight more and more consumers, experiencing their
fifth consecutive year of sales growth. Hyundai's six percent retail market
share in the premium segments in which it competes now exceeds Hyundai's
overall five percent retail share of the total industry. Genesis delivered
33,973 sales for the year, an increase of three percent over 2011, with Equus
sales up 24 percent to 3,972. Both models set annual sales records, while
Hyundai's total rear-wheel drive car sales of 37,945 places it above many
established luxury nameplates in this category.

"We closed 2012 with strong demand in both volume and premium segments, and
all-time sales records for December and the full year," said John Krafcik,
president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "2013 will mark our first full year
of three-shift U.S. production for Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe, which will
allow us to better meet the demand we're seeing from American car buyers for
our three most popular vehicles."

CARLINE       DEC/2012 DEC/2011 CY/2012 CY/2011
ACCENT 2,933    5,316    61,004  55,601
SONATA        20,826   17,340   230,605 225,961
ELANTRA   19,024   13,025   202,034 186,361
SANTA FE      7,279    5,082    71,016  74,391
AZERA         847      18       8,431   1,524
TUCSON        3,745    4,458    48,878  47,232
VERACRUZ      58       543      8,232   9,146
VELOSTER      1,976    2,188    34,862  9,284
GENESIS       2,397    2,470    33,973  32,998
EQUUS         350      325      3,972   3,193
TOTAL         59,435   50,765   703,007 645,691


              November Label       December Label       2012 CYTD Label
              Combined MPG         Combined MPG          Combined MPG
Car           27.7                 27.9                  28.0
Truck         22.6                 22.9                  22.1
Hyundai Brand 27.5                 27.7                  27.6

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully
transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain
warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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